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The California Association of Recreation and Park Districts, CARPD, is a 501c(6), not-for-profit organization representing special recreation and park districts throughout California. 

CARPD has been dedicated to improving the quality and efficiency of recreation and park districts. Through two joint powers authorities, CARPD members are eligible for reduced rates on Workers' Compensation Coverage and Liability/Property Damage Insurance; saving local communities thousands of dollars.

The Board of Directors is made up of representatives from CARPD recreation and park districts and tracks legislation and other issues that affect member districts. Each spring, CARPD hosts an annual conference and presents awards to member districts to recognize outstanding programming, facilities, and services to the community.

Involvement in CARPD is accomplished through the active participation of agency board and staff members. CARPD operations and services are supported by a sliding fee structure based upon tax revenue or assessments, member agency contributions, and revenues generated by various association programs.

Our Mission

The California Association of Recreation and Park Districts advocates for and provides park districts the support needed to fulfill their role as providers of quality programs and facilities to their local communities.


  • Recognize and support the needs of member districts
  • Promote and support new and established partnerships amongst district community groups, state and local governments.
  • Monitor, promote, and support legislation that positively affects recreation and park districts.
  • Advocate and support stable service funding sources for park and recreation districts.

Environmental Sustainability

CARPD Member Districts truly add value to many areas of the community in terms of environmental practices and stewardship of acres of parklands dedicated to green space, trees and landscaping. The CARPD Environmental Report Card Program is a means by which Districts can self evaluate and identify areas to improve operational policies that promote environmental sustainability. 

Last year CARPD challenged its Member Districts to self evaluate their current environmental sustainability practices by responding to the series of environmental sustainability questions (Report Card). While not all Member Districts participated, the responses for the many that did were surprising. Unfortunately, the results noted that very little was being done by some districts to be environmentally sensitive and sustainable; while many others were very involved. 

Over the last few months, we have heard from many districts that have been even more engaged in their environmental sustainability practices, particularly as they attempt to address reductions in funding and resources. These efforts are commendable and thus we are again asking Districts to complete the Environmental Report Card and update responses.

An acknowledgement presentation of those districts that achieve the highest level will be presented at the Annual Conference.

The enclosed Environmental Report Card has been provided for your use and can also be obtained on the webpage.

Please return your completed Report Card via e-mail to:

or by regular mail to:

CARPD Office

1075 Creekside Ridge Drive

Suite 240

Roseville, CA 95678

   Environmental Sustainability Report Card 
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